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Blue

Plebejus sp.

Description:

This butterfly has a gray/copper dorsal side. The Blues can range from bright blue dorsal to muted gray and brown depending on the gender (blue = male), species and just overall diversity within a species. There is a band of bright orange along the bottom of the hindwing that has a row of black spots. Unfortunately I couldn't get an image of the ventral side to show the pattern. This would have narrowed it down to the species.

Habitat:

Grassland

Notes:

iPhone photo - first image. The second specimen is a little beat up with the ends of the hindwing missing. The bright band catches the eye of predators, distracting them from the head area. This allows them a chance to get away.

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Comments

California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on May 12, 2017
Submitted on Jun 4, 2017

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